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  1. #1

    Uninstalling Linux

    Hi, I have had a dual boot running with WinXP and RedHat7, using Grub.

    circumstances dictate that I remove linux for now, and I am still a linux newbie so I need a hand.

    I had this setup earlier but with Corel Linux (don't ask) and LILO and what I did to remove it was wipe out the linux partition, then do fdisk/mbr and Windows was back.

    When I did this now, (again deleted Linux partitions and added it to windows one, then did fdisk/mbr) I get just a grub prompt, I cant seem to get windows to load.

    Can I recover my windows partition or do I need to wipe it out and start again?


  2. #2
    Linux Newbie
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Swansea (UK)
    you could wipe out all partitions but i believe if you just delete the linux partition(s) using fdisk then it will be fine

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    slight correction to make..
    after I had removed the linux partition I was getting the grub loader, so I did the fsidk/mbr
    now I just get an error "error loading operating system" so I think its a windows issue, probably cant locate the right partition anymore.

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  5. #4
    Linux User
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Boot up with your windows install cd and choose repair and do fixMBR (not sure if thats the actual command, there will be a list of options).

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    I do believe that is correct.
    Fix the boot record with Windows and Linux will no longer try to boot up.

  7. #6
    Linux Newbie zdawg's Avatar
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    Jan 2004
    remove linux?

  8. #7
    Already tried the fixMBR option
    I think the windows bootloader is now active but it's looking for WinXP on partition 1 rather then 0.
    I'm going to try manually changing the config files tommorow..

    Thanks for all the quick replies guys.

  9. #8
    Linux Engineer
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    Jul 2003
    Stockholm, Sweden
    why not create a linux boot floppy and use that to boot windows if all else fails

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